Domestic violence experts work toward prevention and treatment

(Aug. 21, 2012) Lawyers, judges, law enforcement, social workers, victim advocates, scholars and experts from around the country will explore the complex problem of domestic violence and potential solutions at "Intersections, Insights & Interventions: Fourth Annual Domestic Violence Symposium," at Seattle University School of Law on Sept. 6 and 7.

The two-day symposium will address topics related to domestic violence prevention from legal, mental health, public health, criminal justice and societal perspectives. This year's symposium focuses on domestic violence interventions in the context of intersecting identities, such as race, class, gender, religion, substance abuse, military issues and incarceration.

"Many survivors experience multiple forms of oppression and intersecting or co-occurring issues that affect their experience of domestic violence and the success of court and community interventions," said Jane Stoever, assistant professor at Seattle University School of Law and director of the Domestic Violence Clinic. "This symposium provides the unique opportunity for scholars and practitioners to collaborate across disciplines to better address survivors' complex needs and the many barriers to achieving freedom from violence."

Keynote speakers include April Gerlock, who specializes in addressing domestic violence, post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury among veterans; Professor Ann Cammett, who works with incarcerated abuse survivors and focuses her scholarship on the collateral consequences of incarceration; and Andrew Klein, a national expert who will describe new research findings on domestic violence.

A fourth plenary session features a panel of state and national experts to examine the efficacy of batterer intervention programs and explore effective intervention models to promote batterer accountability and behavioral change. The symposium also offers more than 30 concurrent sessions addressing the themes and cutting-edge research and practice developments.

Panels include "Sex Trafficking & Changing Perspectives," "Working with Infants and Young Children Exposed to Domestic Violence or Other Trauma: Healing the Relationships," "A Prosecutor's Dilemma - What to Do When Research and Prosecutorial Instinct Conflict?," and "Gangs, Gang Culture and Violence Against Women." During "You Be the Judge," King County Superior Court Judge Joan Dubuque will moderate an interactive mock family law hearing.

Find the complete agenda and register.

The conference is funded by the following sponsors: Seattle University School of Law and the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality; Seattle City Attorney's Office and Seattle Human Services Department; King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office; King County DV and Child Maltreatment Coordinated Response Project; and Violence Against Women Act STOP (Services, Training, Officers, Prosecutors) grants from King County, the Washington State Supreme Court Gender and Justice Commission and the University of Washington Court Improvement Training Academy.

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